August 2006 Entries

Notes Application Development in today's world

That's a good quote. There's some other interesting reading to be had too: Eric Mack: GeekTD: Why don’t people get Notes?

Visual Studio 2005, unsung small improvements

One of the (possibly) unsung fixes in Visual Studio 2005 relates to the Solution Explorer's functionality when you're working on multiple projects (which should be most of the time). If you had files open from various projects, and you closed a file, the solution explorer would jump about and try to shift the context back to the project of the next open file which receives focus. That's a wordy way of describing it, but if you've seen it you'll know what I mean. This was pretty frustrating if you were scanning through a few files across the same solution in...

TechEd 2006: Day Three

Day Three: A short summary.ASP.NET 2.0 Tips and TricksScott Guthrie's session gave a good variety of tips and tricks - as the session title may have suggested! Taking apps offline using the app_offline.htm, tips for managing debug/release mode for production servers, handy HTML formatting settings, cross page postbacks, server side comments for aspx files, registering controls across an entire solution via web.config, validation groups, DefaultButtons, DefaultFocus, new clientside JavaScript features, the RSS Toolkit, and much much more. WEB313 Building and Deploying Web ApplicationsA pretty basic session covering deployment projects, which seem like they're too basic to be much use to...

TechEd 2006: Day Two

Day Two: A short summary.Windows Vista Firewall (SEC311)A Steve Riley session always means good things. By itself, the firewall in Vista isn't really that interesting. It looks like they've made some good improvements over the XP Firewall, the rules look a lot more flexible, and the UI looks pretty robust. Basically I went because Steve Riley's sessions never dissapoint. I also drew some cool pictures which apparently offer onlookers a portal into my mind.Developing an incident response process (SEC208)This was another Steve Riley session, which centered around developing a response process that should help you and your organisation respond to...

TechEd 2006: Day One

Day One: A short summary.KeynoteIt almost felt like a standard templated keynote. Nothing much in the way of technical demos, although the guy from TradeMe spoke well and had some interesting content. Last year they used the keynote to show some teasers from other sessions, and that was a bit lacking this year. Jacqi Brown's style of comedy really didn't suit the conference, and most of her attempts at humor felt pretty flat. She seemed a weird choice for an MC, especially as she spent pretty much all of her time onstage emphasising that she knew nothing about computers at...

Sony shows their target market for the PS2

What can I say?

Tech Ed 2006

Tech Ed is once again upon us! The lineup this year is looking pretty interesting, and hopefully SkyCity has learnt a few things about how to deal with large amounts of geeks in small spaces.I'd like to say I'll be posting regular and insightful updates about sessions and events there, but I wont be! However I did want to mention the bag, as I picked mine up a few hours ago (one learns very quickly that popping in and registering on Sunday when there are 5 people about is much smarter than first thing Monday morning when the queue goes...

Sony Ericsson K750i tidbits

I've had a few weird things happen with my K750i over the past few months. The first is a hardware fault - it's joystick is on the way out, and it keeps thinking I want to press 'enter' when I'm actually moving the cursor around. Very frustrating, and it feels like it'll only be a matter of weeks or maybe months before the thing gives out entirely. However I've managed to solve a couple of minor annoyances, which I'll mention here in case it helps anyone.First, is that my messaging memory kept filling up incredibly quickly. Initially, I seemed to...

Takin' the train

So I've recently moved house, and I'm now taking the train. To be specific, I'm on the Western line, riding from Swanson to Mt Eden or Britomart, and back again. I've never ridden a train before in Auckland, or in New Zealand, however I have many years of London train riding experience (both overland and underground) to use as a comparison. A lot of people have asked me how the trains are going, due to the horror stories circulating about the trains at the moment, so I've decided to write about my experiences here to help keep track of things. Of...

What does it take?

The walls of the office speak the truth. Thanks sonic!